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Pike Co. Judge Executive Pleads for Extended Unemployment Benefits

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

Full Letter from Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pike County's judge-executive is calling on elected officials from Kentucky to extend federal unemployment benefits to help out-of-work miners.

Wayne T. Rutherford wrote a letter this week to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Rep. Hal Rogers.

Rutherford said he finds it "unconscionable and heartless" that lawmakers would decline to extend unemployment benefits. Long-term benefits for 1.3 million people who are out of work in the U.S. will end on Saturday, unless Congress moves to extend them.

Rutherford said the benefit is crucial in his county, where coal jobs are disappearing. He says the benefits are the only income for unemployed miners.

In 2012, Pike County lost about 1,200 coal mining jobs, according to the state Department of Energy Development and Independence.


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